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Eraser (1996)

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A Witness Protection specialist becomes suspicious of his co-workers when dealing with a case involving high-tech weapons.

Director:

Chuck Russell (as Charles Russell)

Writers:

Tony Puryear (story), Walon Green (story) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Eraser
James Caan ... DeGuerin
Vanessa Williams ... Lee
James Coburn ... Beller
Robert Pastorelli ... Johnny C
James Cromwell ... Donahue
Danny Nucci ... Monroe
Andy Romano ... Harper
Nick Chinlund ... Calderon
Michael Papajohn ... Schiff
Joe Viterelli ... Tony
Mark Rolston ... J. Scar
John Slattery ... Corman
Robert Miranda Robert Miranda ... Frediano
Roma Maffia ... Claire
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Storyline

U.S. Marshal deputy John Kruger is one of the toughest Marshals, his methods are to "Erase" The identities of his witnesses he is assigned to protect. Meanwhile, a woman named Lee Cullen who works for a corporation named Cyrez performed an undercover job for the FBI to unveil a top secret weapon which uses an electromagnetic pulse to dispatch targets. Cyrez discovered this about Lee and are now out to kill her, Kruger's job is now to protect Lee so she can testify against Cyrez. But, when Kruger was assigned to perform a job with another Marshal named Robert Deguerin, he discovers that Deguerin is behind some kind of scam that will involve the EM Gun, which will change hands to a Russian criminal if Kruger does not stop them, Kruger must not only protect Lee's life but his own. Written by John Wiggins

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Taglines:

He will erase your past to protect your future.

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violent action throughout and some language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The name of the Russian ship, onto which the weapons are being loaded, means "Victory" in English. See more »

Goofs

When Kruger and DeGuerin are divided between the glass wall, DeGuerin speaks to Kruger through the wall and can be heard easily, but Kruger's loud yell afterward was almost undetectable on the other side. See more »

Quotes

Calderon: Don't you ever get tired of babysitting scumbags?
John: Yeah, but in your case I'll make an exception.
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Alternate Versions

All previous UK cinema and video cuts were fully waived by the BBFC in February 2009, for a planned DVD/Blu-Ray release. This release never happened, but the uncut version is the version aired by 5* and TCM on TV in the UK. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Black Mask (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Where Do We Go From Here
Written by Linda Thompson, David Foster, Evan Kopelson and Douglas Pashley
Produced and arranged by David Foster
Performed by Vanessa Williams
Courtesy of Mercury Records
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Arnold Knew How To Make Entertaining Films
13 May 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

A decade ago, this Arnold Schwarzenegger action flick was fairly hot stuff but I wonder if it would have the impact today since special effects are so much better and we've seen so many of these type of action stories in the past 10 years.

One of Arnold's keys to his successful career in films was simply that his movies were entertaining, and that's why people come to the theaters. High-brow critics often forget that. "Eraser" is a prime example. Entertainment alone is how this particular movie survives since common logic doesn't exist while violence and profanity are overdone. But, despite it's low-brow tastes and stupidity, it's still generally fun to watch if you can put your brain on hold for two hours. It's also fun to hear if you have a nice surround system.

This movie has one of the most outrageous action scenes I've ever seen on film, even to this day: one in which Arnold hangs from the outside of a jet airplane, finally lets go, free-falls to catch his parachute that had been ripped off, and then has to worry about the jet plane which had circled around and was going to smash him!!

The audio came into play nicely each time the super rifle that was featured in the movie was shot. Vanessa Williams plays the female lead satisfactorily and James Caan is very effective as the villain. Robert Pastorelli and James Coburn also add to the fun. A few laughs along the way help this no-brainer to become even more entertaining.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eraser See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,566,446, 23 June 1996

Gross USA:

$101,295,562

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$242,295,562
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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